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“Sing in me, Muse,

World Literature I: From and through me tell


the story . . .”

Gilgamesh to the Metamorphoses —Homer

PLEASE READ SYLLABUS


CONTENTS CAREFULLY

INTRODUCTION
ENGL 2111, World Literature I, explores
various forms of classical, non-English literary
discourse from Gilgamesh through Ovid.
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REQUIREMENTS & SCHEDULE Penelope & the Suitors


This course is divided into eight class periods;
therefore, we have much to cover in a short
time. Each four-and-a-half-hour class will be
divided into several activities that will revolve
around the assigned reading for the day.
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POLICIES Achilles Slays Hector Homer & His Guide


I have certain expectations about our
relationship as professor and student. As a
Macon State College student and as a student “What good were
in my class, it is your responsibility to read, eyes to me? Nothing
understand, and abide by these policies and I could see could
the MSC Student Code of Conduct in the bring me joy.”
Student Handbook. —Oedipus
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Odysseus & the Sirens The Norton Anthology of World Lit.

INTRODUCTION need the book for class activities, in-class


We will focus on textual studies of the writing, and all aspects of our study.
major genres of this period, epic and You should also bring an ink interface
tragedy, how those genres influenced later of some sort, as well as dead trees on which We will focus on
literary works, and how they portray to take notes. Notes should not only reflect textual studies of
“humanist” issues throughout the Greek good listening skills, but individual interest the major genres of
and Roman national literary traditions. in every topic discussed in class. You should this period, epic and
World Literature I will show the continued not sit in class like you’re watching TV: tragedy, how those
relevance of just why ancient works are still learning requires active participation,
paramount to knowing ourselves as
genres influenced
especially in a short summer course.
“humans.” Major works covered will All other materials, like cell phones,
later literary works,
include Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and food, magazines, iPods, etc., should be left and how they
works by Sophocles, Euripides, and Ovid. in your car. They are not needed for our portray “humanist”
Since any survey course has much more class and should, therefore, not accompany issues.
literature than one semester-long class can you. I understand our contemporary need
cover, we will attempt to cover only a couple to be in contact with everyone all the time,
works in detail, rather than many works but do not let this personal need distract the
only cursorily. rest of the class. If you answer a cell phone
in my class, I will expect you to leave. In
REQUIRED MATERIALS
addition, I do not allow class discussions to
Our study of World Literature this semester
be taped, so do not bring any voice
will use the Norton Anthology of World
recording devices to class.
Literature, Volume A (pictured above), edited
Finally, since class lecture and
by Sarah Lawall. This book should always discussion will often touch on the
accompany you to class, as we will make controversial, this college classroom is not
heavy use of it in our daily discussions.
an appropriate place for children. Please
Please do not come to class without it: we
leave them at home.

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Course Requirements & Process


REQUIREMENTS specific portions of the text on which you're
writing, and use the critical vocabulary that
There are three major requirements for we have introduced in class.
World Literature I, each of which must be
DAILY WORK
successfully completed to pass the course.
Regular class attendance, question posing,
Assignments are weighted on a point
and active participation in
system, depending on their importance. For
classroom discussions are
example, a reading quiz might have 10
required. Participation, effort,
points while the final exam might have 200.
a n d at t i t u d e w i l l c o u n t
FINAL EXAM significantly in this course.
A final cumulative exam will be given that Quizzes, other class activities,
will test your knowledge of the subject and homework assignments
matter (texts, lecture material, and not explicitly outlined above
vocabulary), your ability to synthesize this will be considered daily work.
material, and your creativity in going
beyond the discussion and lecture materials. PROCEDURE Oedipus Rex
The final exam will include vocabulary,
identification, and interpretation. All exam Every class will follow a similar
grades will be based upon objective procedure, beginning promptly at the start
knowledge of the material, thoroughness, of class:
depth of insight, precision, and originality. 1. Attendance — If you come in late, it is
your responsibility to ask me to mark
FORUM you present. Remember, two tardies
For all of the major works we study in this
A final cumulative
count as an absence.
class, you are required to respond in writing. 2. Reading Quiz — Since reading is such
exam will be given
In most cases, these responses will be an important component of this that will test your
written in an online forum during the class course, you should expect a quiz for knowledge of the
period, so the entire class can benefit from every assigned reading. These quizzes subject matter, your
reading your thoughts. The forum will also are designed to test factual aspects of ability to synthesize
give you a chance to respond to others’ the text, not inter pretation or this material, and
ideas. Your writing in the forum should total evaluation. Read every text carefully
at least 350 words.
your creativity in
and take reading notes — character
The purpose of these responses is to names, general plot, important items,
going beyond the
get you thinking about issues covered in the etc. — and the quizzes will be no discussion and
works that are important to you. You should problem. lecture materials.
reflect on how these works relate to other 3. Posing Questions — As you read each
works we discuss in class, literature you have assigned text, consider aspects of the
read previously, and/or your own daily life. text that are confusing or unclear.
All entries should be thoughtful, refer to When you finish reading, write down at
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Course Policies
YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR EACH OF THESE POLICIES

ASSIGNMENTS like to know your official grade, you 2. If you use ideas or information
Your work represents you. Therefore, I should see me during my office hours that are not common knowledge,
expect everything you turn into me to or make an appointment. you must cite a source.
exemplify the very best of your Unsure as to what to cite, when to cite,
professional self. Please proofread all MATERIALS and how to cite? Check your handbook
writing before submission. Course readings are an integral part of for the best information.
the class and should be brought daily. The professor reserves the right to
ATTENDANCE When readings are assigned to be use Turn It In, a plagiarism prevention
Attendance will be taken at every class discussed in class, please bring a copy service, to evaluate any written work
meeting. If you come in late, it is your of the reading with your reading notes submitted for this course. As directed
responsibility to inform me of your ready to participate in the discussion. by the professor, students are expected
presence that day. If you fail to do so, Do not come to class without your to submit or have their assignments
you are absent. Two tardies count as books and something to write with and submitted through the service in order
one absence. There are no “excused on. Everyday. Seriously. to meet requirements for this course.
absences” in my class, but you are The papers may be retained by the
allowed to miss one class before your PLAGIARISM
Any time you use ideas that are not service for the sole purpose of checking
grade suffers. Each additional class
your own — be they paraphrased or for plagiarized content in future student
missed beyond the allotted one will
copied verbatim — in anything that submissions.
result in your final semester’s grade
being dropped one letter. you write, you must supply a citation in SPECIAL NEEDS
an identifiable citation method, e.g., Any student who has special needs
DEADLINES MLA, Chicago, etc. Willful plagiarism should contact Ann E. Loyd at the
Late work is not acceptable and will will result in automatic failure of this Counseling and Career Center
receive a zero. Technical, computer class and will be submitted to the (478-471-2714) and fill out the
malfunctions are not acceptable Dean for further potential appropriate paperwork. The student
excuses for late work. Quizzes and in- consequences. Remember two things: should then see me with the
class activities cannot be made up for 1. If you use the language of your documentation so that the necessary
any reason. source, you must quote it exactly, accommodations can be made.
enclose it in quotation marks, and
EMAIL
cite the source using MLA citation TECHNOLOGY COMPETENCY
The best and quickest way of
s t y l e i n a l l my c o u r s e s. A Computer competency is an integral
contacting me is via email. Only use
p a r a p h r a s e e m p l oy s s o u rc e skill in any discipline. Students should
the email address that I provided on material by restating an idea in an be familiar with the general uses of a
this document for class business: entirely new form that is original computer, particularly using a web
<worldlit@grlucas.net>.
in both sentence structure and browser. Students should be willing to
GRADES word choice. Quotations and put forth the effort to learn what they
Letter grades are based upon a paraphrases must be cited to avoid need to in order to succeed in the
traditional ten-point scale. If you would plagiarism. course. Please see me for additional
assistance when necessary.

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Reading Schedule
Procedure (from page 3)
least five questions that you have READING SCHEDULE course assignments. It does not always
about the text. These questions indicate other specific class session
should be in an effort to gain This schedule represents the ideal assignments or activities.
further insight to the text for outline for our study this semester. Yet,
yourself and your classmates. After like all best-laid plans, we may not be W 5/28: Course Introduction
the quiz, you will have the able to keep up with our agenda. Please M 6/2: Gilgamesh
opportunity to pose these questions be flexible and try to look and read W 6/4: The Iliad Books 1, 6, & 22
for discussion. ahead whenever possible. We will do M 6/9: The Odyssey Books 1-4, 9, & 10
4. Discussion — Most of the class our best to stick by this schedule, but I W 6/11: The Odyssey Books 11, 12, &
period will be our attempt to will inform you verbally whenever 21-23 (24 optional)
answer the questions posed at the there is a change in or an addition to M 6/16: Sophocles Oedipus the King
beginning of the class. an assignment. Getting these updates is
W 6/18: Euripides Medea
5. Forum — If all goes well, we solely your responsibility. Therefore,
should close the class each day in a M 6/23: Ovid Metamorphoses: Prologue;
this syllabus is tentative and subject to
computer-assisted classroom, so Apollo and Daphne; Io and Jove;
change contingent upon the needs of
that we may end each day with the Europa and Jove; Iphis and Ianthe;
the students and the professor, and
forum, in which you will respond Pygmalion
dictated by time and other constraints
t o a n i n i t i a l p ro m p t , t h e n M 6/23, 12:30a-2:40p — Final
which may affect the course. This
comment on others’ posts. syllabus reflects only an overview of the Exam
assigned reading and other major

Circe Apollo & Daphne

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